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News Release

Friday, July 6, 2001

Media Relations

LAPD Investigators and LA Media Assist LA County Sheriffs in Identification of Homicide Victim

Los Angeles - On Thursday, July 5, 2001, investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division, held a press conference at Parker Center, requesting the assistance of the media and the public in identifying a homicide victim. The victim was found dead on June 28, 2001, when a community member observed the body of the female in the Carob Tree Grove Picnic Area in Elysian Park. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

On July 6, 2001, investigators from the LA County Sheriffs Department saw a composite of the victim, provided by LAPD investigators, in the Los Angeles Times newspaper. The composite "jogged" the investigator's memory on a case of a reported missing 13 year-old from the City of Whittier. The investigator contacted the coroner's office and upon further investigation, identified the victim as a 13 year-old female who was reported missing to Pico Rivera Sheriffs, LA County, on May 2, 2001.

Please direct further inquiries regarding the Missing Juvenile Report to LA County Sheriffs Department at 562-949-2421.

For further information regarding this release, contact LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.